Religious Intolerance Rife in Saudi Schools - Report

July 19, 2008

Author: Dylan Bowman

Source: Arabian Business

King Abdullah’s international push to promote interfaith dialogue has hit a setback on news children in Saudi Arabia are still being taught religious intolerance.

Textbooks used in schools across the conservative Muslim kingdom refer to Jews and Christians as apes and swine and attack other Muslims who do not practice a fundamentalist form of Islam, according to a report by US-based think tank the Hudson Institute.

Wahhabism - the strain of Sunni Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia - is considered one of the religion's most conservative.

Saudi Arabia promised to make changes to its textbooks following a similar study in 2006, but the most recent report, which looked at state-produced textbooks used in the 2007-08 school year, said very little has been done.